First showcased at the 2016 edition of the IWA expo in Nuremberg (Germany), and just recently introduced to the north American market at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville (Kentucky, USA), the Heckler & Koch SP5K semi-automatic pistol is close to its official international market launch.
The SP5K is an important milestone for Heckler & Koch: with this pistol, the German company returns to the production of civilian-grade variants of its own MP5 sub-machine gun system ever since the 1980s. As a matter of fact, the SP5K can be considered a "reincarnation" of the legendary SP89, dated back to the late 1980s.
Heckler & Koch: difference between SP5K and MP5K
Just like the SP89, the Heckler & Koch SP5K is a locked-breech, roller-blowback, semi-automatic civilian-grade pistol patterned after the small-sized MP5K sub-machine gun.
The most immediately noticeable aesthetic difference that will tell the two models apart at first glance is that the SP5K sports a semi-automatic trigger group and lacks a vertical foregrip, replaced with a ribbed tubular polymer handguard.
Heckler & Koch SP5K: calibers and magazine
The SP5K is chambered for the 9x19mm caliber and feeds through MP5-compatible magazines; it is factory-available with a plethora of options, such as a detachable claw-mount-style Picatinny optics rail, a polymer end cap with a sling loop, or a UMP-style side-folding polymer buttstock.
We won't say anything else about the SP5K so far, but stay tuned on our pages: all4shooters.com recently had the exclusive chance to test a production-grade Heckler & Koch SP5K in Germany, and in the coming weeks we will publish a full review of this eagerly awaited semi-automatic pistol.